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  • The LEGO Ideas Test Lab goes live!

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    What’s that now? LEGO Ideas Test Lab?

    LEGO Ideas Test LabToday we’re launching LEGO Ideas Test Lab, a test version of an updated LEGO Ideas software platform. We’ve emailed invitations to 5,000 of the most active LEGO Ideas and LEGO Rebrick members. Please help us test the new platform between January 18th and April 14th. If you didn’t get an email invite, you’re still welcome! The test is limited to 7,500 people. Head over to LEGO Ideas Test Lab to sign up.

    On LEGO Ideas Test Lab we'll be running a new kind of challenge during this period, which differs from the standard LEGO Ideas and slightly from the LEGO Rebrick experience that you're used to, but don't worry - neither of these two classic experiences are going away. On LEGO Ideas Test Lab, you can participate in an exclusive Fourth Build Challenge, that's about expanding upon given LEGO Creator 3in1 sets. You can also join in small activities along the way and socialize in the Community Café.

    We can't wait to get started and are very excited about what we'll learn from testing this platform together with many of you. We're looking forward to how LEGO Ideas Test Lab will shape the future of LEGO Ideas. 

    If you've got any questions, then we'd be happy to answer them in the comments.

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  • 10K Club Interview: Meet Adrien Sutter of Plum Creek - The Little House on the Prairie

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    This week's 10K Club member comes from Paris, France and is a little bit younger than most 10K Club members we've had the pleasure of welcoming so far. Say hi to Adrien Sutter, a.k.a. SeigneurFett, the 17 year old creator of the Plum Creek - The Little House on the Prairie project. We know what you're thinking! How does a 17 year old come across the idea of building a project based on a TV show that had its heyday before he was even born? We were curious as well! Luckily, Adrien shares a little insight into what motivated him to create this project and tells more about his passion for LEGO as well!

    Help us congratulate Adrien on becoming a part of the LEGO Ideas 10K Club!

     

     

    About Yourself

    1. Where are you from?
      I’m from Paris, in France.

     

    1. How old are you?
      I’m 17.

     

    1. What do you study or do for a living?
      I study mathematics and physics. 

     

    1. What hobbies do you have?
      Although I haven’t much time besides my studies, I enjoy playing the piano, and sometimes playing tennis or swimming. Obviously, I like watching TV series, such as Little House on the Prairie, but also Gotham or Homeland. I’m really fascinated by sciences.

     

    1. How and when did your interest for LEGO come about?
      I think I started playing with LEGO when I was 3. My first set was one of the final duel sets (7200 or 7201). I also remember that I spent hours playing with the 7103 Jedi Duel set. These sets are the reason for my passion for LEGO bricks.

     

    1. What is your favourite official LEGO set? Why?
      Well, there are alot of sets that I love! But my favourite is the 76023 UCS Tumbler. This reproduction of my favourite Batmobile looks so close to the real car, that I can only adore it.

     

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO element? Why?
      A modified 1x1 brick with one stud on one side. This brick is very useful. I cannot build something without using it (there are a lot of these bricks in my Little House project).

     

    1. Is there a LEGO designer (official LEGO designer or fan designer) who you are inspired by and look up to? Who and why?
      I really love Marcos Bessa’s work on official LEGO sets. He uses a lot of very interesting building techniques that I sometimes use for my creations.

      I want also to talk of a french fan designer who makes me dream with his creations, and who is very sympathic: Jimmy Fortel (6kyubi6). He built within various themes and uses a lot of special building techniques. His work is always a source of inspiration for me.

     

    1.  Is there one or more particular LEGO related websites (not official LEGO websites) that you visit often and/or are inspired by?
      I am a member of the French forum BrickPirate. I visit and take part in discussions on the forum daily.

     

    About Your Project

    1. Where did your interest in this particular model come from?
      4 years ago, I discover the TV show Little House on the Prairie on French TV. As I became a big fan of the show, I wanted to create the most famous place of the story using LEGO bricks: Plum Creek, where the Ingalls have their house!

     

     

    1. What special challenges did you face creating the model? What was the most difficult part to recreate?
      The real house is made of wooden planks. It was quite difficult to find a good way to have this ‘planks’ effect on the house, with only smooth bricks or tiles. My brother finally told me about the SNOT technique that I ended up using, after which the house was quite easy to build. The carriage was also a challenge for me. I wanted to do something new, especially for the tarpaulin, without cloth or curved bricks. I decided to use a flex hose on which I fixed tiles.

     

    1. How long did it take to complete the model?
      It took me about two years to finish since I started thinking of it. I first made a basic LDD version of the house and the barn. Then I left it aside, and made other things. I started building it with real bricks in January 2014, then left it aside for 6 months again. I built the barn in August 2014, and finally finished it in April 2015 for an exhibition in France.

     

    1. How did it feel when you reached the magic 10,000 votes?
      I was so happy and so excited! I was not expecting it, when I submitted it in the summer of 2015! It took a bit more than a year to reach the incredible 10,000 votes. The project reached 1,000 votes quite quickly, but then during the next 6 months it only received about 300 new supports. I was quite disappointed, and I thought that the Little House project would never make it. Then some people, notably the Little House on the Prairie Facebook page, shared my project. It boosted the project. A lot of people saw it, some supported it, and with a lot of effort, the project reached the 10k milestone.

     

    1. Approximately how many LEGO bricks did you use to create your model?
      The whole model (with bases) counts about 4,000 bricks. I built it for myself, so I had no limits of bricks. But the house only (without its base and the barn) is made of 1,400 LEGO bricks. I used 200 bricks to build the carriage.

     

     


    About LEGO Ideas

    1. Do you have any useful advice about creating a successful LEGO Ideas project?
      I think you should build something that others would like, but most importantly, you must still have fun building it! You should take nice photos, with a neutral background (white is the best I think).

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO Ideas project (besides your own of course)?
      A project of Riskjockey: the Interstellar Ranger. I loved the movie of Christopher Nolan, and this project is so well executed! I’m sad that it hasn’t gathered a lot of supports. But I’m still hoping it will reach 10,000 votes and become a LEGO set.

     

    1. What is it about the platform that attracts you? What tips would you give to anyone who is thinking about uploading an idea?
      LEGO Ideas allows you to share your LEGO creations with people from all over the world. I like the concept of gathering support and you can discuss with people that you would not have met otherwise. This platform is very convivial.

      You have to share your project on as many webpages as you can! You should also share your project with people who aren’t LEGO fans. They could be interested in your project though. If you build something based on a film or a TV series like I did, try to contact actors or producers, they could help you on the promotion of your project

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  • What time is it? It's Contest Time!

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    That's right! Once again you can call upon your LEGO building talents, as LEGO Ideas and LEGO Rebrick are back with another exciting contest!

    As you very well might know, there are many fascinating characters and creatures within the Land of Ooo…craft your favorite or create your own as a brick-built figure and show it off in this contest. One lucky grand prize winner will receive a limited-edition Adventure Time electric guitar featuring exclusive artwork signed by members of the Adventure Time™ cast! You can of course also win signed Adventure Time sets. Mathematical!

    Check out all the contest details and submit your entry on LEGO Rebrick.

    Time to get building!

    Entry closes on the 10th of February 2017 at 10:00 a.m. EST.

     

     

    Check out some of the wacky entries that have already been submitted!

    Earl Of Lemongrab by yop1172

    Ricardio The Heart Guy by CuldeeFan

     

    Ole The Brick Wizard by Starik5

     

     

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  • 10K Club Interview: Meet Stewart Cromar of Lovelace and Babbage

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    Say hi to Stewart Cromar, a.k.a. stubot, creator of the Lovelace and Babbage project and this week's 10K Club member. Stewart's monochrome project celebrates the achievements of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, computer pioneers, in what is a detailed and educational design. Stewart shares lots of insightful thoughts about his journey to the 10K mark as well as plenty of great advice for any budding LEGO Ideas member with a great idea..

    Help us congratulate Stewart on becoming a part of the LEGO Ideas 10K Club!

     

    About Yourself

    1. Where are you from?
      Edinburgh (aka Auld Reekie), Scotland.

     

    1. How old are you?
      41 (and a stereotypical Capricorn).

     

    1. What do you study or do for a living?
      Interactive Content Manager - I manage a small creative team that designs and builds interactive web content for the University of Edinburgh. For almost 20 years I have been developing e-learning materials (animations, videos, quizzes) for students all-around the world. In my eyes, it's the perfect career for pursuing artistic endeavours, technical innovations and fruitful collaborations. 

     

    1. What hobbies do you have?
      I'm a budding mixed media artist who loves to paint with acrylics, charcoal, pencils and paper scraps. I've even been known to use LEGO building instructions in my collages (photocopies of course!). It's quite a messy hobby, but getting your hands dirty is great fun and a nice distraction from the digital world.

     

    1. How and when did your interest for LEGO come about?
      My affection for LEGO goes back to my childhood when my parents first bought me LEGO Fabuland. The highlight of every birthday and Christmas was a new LEGO set for me to build with my dad's help.

     

     

    1. What is your favourite official LEGO set? Why?
      It has to be 1982's Town House / Villa (set 6372-1). As an 80's child the patio doors, garden umbrella and American style post-box was very aspirational. It even had two cute alternative builds for a barbecue and bungalow.

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO element? Why?
      Kind of random, but I've always treasured the LEGO baguette (aka White Bread). There was a Fabuland minifig called Rufus Rabbit who had two little loafs in his backpack.

     

    1. Is there a LEGO designer (official LEGO designer or fan designer) who you are inspired by and look up to? Who and why?
      I'm a big fan of Jason Allemann. I stumbled across his "Sisyphus Kinetic Sculpture" video last year and it blew my mind. The beauty of his models in motion is next level. I had no idea LEGO was capable of such things.

     

    1.  Is there one or more particular LEGO related websites (not official LEGO websites) that you visit often and/or are inspired by?
      I'd have to say JANGBRiCKS (aka Bamidele Shangobunmi), I truly value his passion and opinion on LEGO product reviews. He has such a calming voice and this alone sets him apart from most video bloggers! - http://www.jangbricks.com/.

     

    About Your Project

    1. Where did your interest in this particular model come from?
      It goes all back to a videogame I loved playing in 2008 called LittleBigPlanet. This game featured a number of historical figures including Genghis Khan, Boudica, Mozart and Ada Lovelace. This was my introduction to Ada, the first published computer programmer. My obsession just grew arms and legs from there!

     

     

    1. What special challenges did you face creating the model? What was the most difficult part to recreate?
      Limiting myself to a black and white palette was pretty tricky. But I was determined to try and achieve a different aesthetic for this project that would help make it memorable.

      Charles’ proposed dimensions for the Analytical Engine were bigger than those of a steam locomotive (it was drawn up in detail, but never built). Trying to capture this vast mechanical computer in LEGO form at a scale that’s fun to play with and economical to manufacture was an exciting challenge.

     

    1. How long did it take to complete the model?
      It took me a few weeks to gather all the monochrome bricks. Most were from my childhood collection, but some came via new LEGO Architecture purchases. The actual build was a freestyle affair and was completed in one weekend.

     

    1. How did it feel when you reached the magic 10,000 votes?
      It was genuinely overwhelming and my initial response was tears. Having dedicated this project to my late father, it brought a lot of mixed emotions to the surface. However, later that day I was able to truly celebrate with my friends online and IRL.

      It took 471 days in total to reach 10k. Some days you’d be chuffed with 10 votes and then the next day you’d get over 1,000.

     

    1. Approximately how many LEGO bricks did you use to create your model?
      My best guesstimate would be 500 LEGO bricks. One day I should really do a legitimate piece count, but I’m a bit reluctant to take any of it apart.


    About LEGO Ideas

    1. Do you have any useful advice about creating a successful LEGO Ideas project?
      Choose an idea that you have an emotional connection with, whether it’s related to your pet, hobby or favourite book. People respond well to a personal choice and this will help you stand out from the crowd.

      - It may sound obvious, but fully embrace all social media networks and not just your favourite platform. Whilst you may only use Twitter, did you know Facebook has 5 times the number of users and potential voters!

      - Try and be courteous to everyone, manners go a long way with online campaigns. It can be challenging when people are overtly critical about your idea, but try to find a polite way to placate them.

      - Definitely ask your friends for help. I can honestly say involving my family, friends and colleagues made this project one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life.

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO Ideas project (besides your own of course)?
      The “LEGO Bird Project” by Thomas Poulsom is my absolute favourite. When you get to the end of the Robin build and stick his wee tummy on, it’s just the best feeling.

     

    1. What is it about the platform that attracts you? What tips would you give to anyone who is thinking about uploading an idea?

      I honestly can’t think of another website where anyone has the opportunity to design something they love and have it potentially manufactured and sold around the world.

      - Choose a relatively short name for your project, longer titles can often get truncated on different websites and could become meaningless.

      - Similarly, be sure to embed your project name within the main image. This will help tremendously when other people copy and paste your photo into social media posts.

      - Don’t be afraid to ask for people’s opinions – it’s never too late to make minor changes or additions to your idea based on community feedback.

      - When trying to build momentum or establish a social media presence post regular updates and thank people personally. Every vote counts and you never know who they might share your project with!

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  • Twelve Projects Qualify for the Third 2016 LEGO Ideas Review

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    The Third 2016 LEGO Ideas Review qualifying period ended this Monday morning, January 9th at 12:00 a.m. Central European Time or GMT+1.

    It's once again exciting for us to celebrate the fact that TWELVE awesome projects have gathered 10,000 supporters between the months of September 2016 and early January 2017. It's a very impressive achievement seeing that so many projects have qualified and we wish to extend our congratulations to all members whose hard work has paid off in reaching this milestone.

    We are just as eager as you all are to see what the LEGO Review Board says now that these projects have qualified for the Third 2016 LEGO Ideas Review. We are also excited about learning more about the different members in the coming months through the LEGO Ideas 10K Club Interviews!

    Which is your favourite?

     

    Boat Repair Shop (by RobenAnne)

     

    Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. "The Bus" LEGO Set (by Savath_Bunny)

     

    Hulkbuster UCS (by Raychow)

     

    Lego Store Modular Version (by kashaka)

     

    Red Dwarf Lego (by Legobob32)

     

    Landrover 4 x 4 (by Dadandlad)

     

    Volkswagen Golf MK1 GTI (by hasskabal)

     

    Vintage Tram (by kevinszeto)

     

    1950's Diner (pix027)

     

    Ship In A Bottle, The Flagship Leviathan. (by JakeSadovich77)

     

    UCS Rey´s Speeder (by Robert Lundmark)

     

    The Iron Giant (by BrettCuv)

     

     

    Second 2016 LEGO Review Results Coming Up!

    The LEGO Review Board is hard at work wrapping up the Second 2016 LEGO Review and we look forward to sharing the news with you all as soon as they are ready. Below are the 12 fantastic projects that are currently being reviewed:

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